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Video: Voices of the Forest | Francisco Piyãko (Portuguese)

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Image by Le Monde Diplomatique. Brazil, 2020.
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In 1987, leaders of rubber tappers and Indigenous peoples joined together to demand the demarcation...

Image by Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil. Brazil, 2020.
Image by Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil. Brazil, 2020.

The penultimate interview of the series, "Voices of the Forest: The Chico Mendes Forest Peoples Alliance in Our Time," features the leader of the Indigenous Ashaninka people, Francisco Piyãko. He tells us of his family saga in the rubber plantations, how they managed to survive and maintain their culture in a regime of serfdom, the importance of the Forest Peoples Alliance, the meeting of different communities, ongoing challenges, the opposition between Indigenous culture and capitalism, memory, dreams, and what we can learn from Indigenous worldviews.

"On the subject of managing land sustainably, we might be the most advanced society in the world. Primarily because in our minds it doesn't make sense to accumulate goods, wealth, other things like these that are used to control the other," says Francisco Piyãko.

Watch the full interview in Portuguese here.

O penúltimo entrevistado da série "Vozes da Floresta: a Aliança dos Povos da Floresta de Chico Mendes a nossos dias" é o líder indígena do povo Ashaninka, Francisco Piyãko, que nos fala da saga de sua família nos seringais, de como conseguiram sobreviver e manter sua cultura em um regime de servidão, da importância da Aliança dos Povos da Floresta, do encontro com os outros povos, das lutas atuais, da oposição entre cultura indígena e capitalismo, da memória, do sonho e do que podemos aprender com a visão do mundo indígena.

"Quando se fala em qualquer processo de uso de um território e que se fala na sustentabilidade, talvez a gente esteja mais avançado do que qualquer outro projeto do mundo. Primeiro porque na nossa cabeça não funciona você acumular bens, riquezas, coisas desse tipo para controlar o outro", diz Francisco Piyãko.

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